Maplewood Library Announces 2019 Literary Award Recipient

Tina Kelley












Maplewood Library is happy to announce that Tina Kelley will be the recipient of the 2019 Maplewood Literary Award. Tina’s third poetry collection, Abloom and Awry, came out in 2017, joining Precise and The Gospel of Galore, winner of a 2003 Washington State Book Award.

Ardor, her first chapbook, won the 2017 Jacar Press chapbook competition. She co-authored Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope, winner of a silver medal from the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards. Tina reported for The New York Times for ten years, sharing in a staff Pulitzer for 9/11 coverage. She wrote 121 “Portraits of Grief,” short descriptions of the victims. She won the 2014 New Jersey Poets Prize. Her freelance journalism has appeared in New Jersey Monthly,, and Orion, Audubon, and People magazines, and her poetry has appeared in numerous publications, including The Best American Poetry 2009, and on the buses of Seattle, Washington. She lives with her husband and two children in Maplewood, NJ.

The Award is part of the Library’s Ideas Festival, which will begin on March 23 with New Jersey Makers Day and conclude with the Literary Award on April 6. Details on the Festival will be forthcoming in the new year.